Neck and Shoulder Pain? Check Your Phone!

Neck and Shoulder Pain Windsor Ontario ChiropractorIn 2014, 66% of Canadians owned a smartphone and 49% of Canadians use tablets, and these numbers have only increased. The usage of these devices is also on the rise, with the average person spending 2.5 hours per day on their device in 2014.

How much time do you spend on your mobile devices? 

While many believe that smart phones and mobile devices improve our lives, it’s important to note that this technology comes with a price…

What is ‘Text Neck’?

Text neck is the term used to describe the neck pain and damage from holding your head at an unnatural angle while on your mobile device or tablet, too frequently and for too long.

Increasingly common

Symptoms can range from muscle tightness and headaches to muscles spasms and severe, neck, shoulder, upper back pain and nerve pain in the entire arm. These problems may eventually manifest into degenerative changes and an increased chance of arthritis.

Consider:

Holding your head at a down angle causes an unnatural amount of stress on your neck.

If you’re neck is angled at 60 degrees, that’s 60 pounds of extra stress on your neck… that’s like carrying an 8 year old with just your neck for support!

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GIF credit: Dr. Ken Hansraj M.D

Stop tablet and mobile device neck strain

  • Hold your devices at eye level whenever possible
  • Take breaks from your portable devices
  • Stretch your neck, shoulders and upper back
  • Practice good workplace ergonomics
  • Be mindful of your posture

If you’re in pain or would just prefer to be proactive to avoid pain, please reach out to us, we offer many natural therapies to help such as chiropractic and massage therapy.


http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1018749
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/mobile/video-and-mobile-use-doubles-canadians-time-spent-online-firm-says/article21551994/

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